Letter: Climate change clouds SA's plans to eradicate malaria

Jasson Urbach | 15 Apr 2014 | Mail & Guardian

Sarah Wild states "South Africa plans to eradicate malaria inside its borders by 2018, but the changing climate may be one of its greatest obstacles" (Climate change clouds SA's plans to eradicate malaria, April 10 2014). Claims that climate change will increase the spread of malaria are not new and have been made countless times. Repeatedly making the claim, however, does not make it true. There is ample evidence in the peer reviewed scientific literature to refute the simplistic idea that climate change leads to more malaria.

Oxford University scientists Simon Hay and Peter Gething compiled data on the incidence of malaria in 1900 and 2007 and found that despite rising temperatures during the twentieth century, malaria has lost ground. Renowned expert on insect borne diseases Professor Paul Reiter of the Pasteur Institute has also exposed serious deficits in the thinking behind climate change and the spread of insect borne diseases.

Will drug resistance become pandemic?

Jasson Urbach | 05 Apr 2014 | Saturday Star

The rising trend of resistance to pharmaceuticals is one of the most important and worrying topics raised at the International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID).

Disease control congress a first for SA

Jasson Urbach | 01 Apr 2014 | Cape Times

The developing world, Africa in particular, bears the greatest burden of the most deadly infectious diseases, which include HIV/Aids, malaria and TB.

Anti-Science Environmentalists Ban 'Neonic' Insecticides, Imperiling Global Health

Richard Tren | 16 Mar 2014 | Forbes

Some of history's greatest advances in public health - especially in regions plagued by insect borne diseases - have come from the judicious use of pesticides to kill or repel the insect vector before it can infect human populations.

DDT Causes Reduced Cognitive Ability -- In Journalists

Jasson Urbach & Donald Roberts | 27 Feb 2014 | Forbes

In recent dramatic and often unequivocal headlines—such as with this BBC article—"DDT: Pesticide linked to Alzheimer's—news agencies across the globe have been promoting claims that the insecticide DDT may cause Alzheimer's.

DDT effective in eliminating malaria

Jasson Urbach | 23 Jan 2014 | The Observer (Uganda)

It is hard to know where to begin in responding to Ellady Muyambi's piece, DDT is not our solution for malaria, that ran in The Observer of January 12, 2014.

Wipe out malaria by wiping out worst poverty

Jasson Urbach | 08 Nov 2013 | Business Day (South Africa)

In Southern Africa, the malaria season typically begins with the summer rains in November and ends in April. In this region, the co-ordination of malaria control efforts between neighbouring states has dramatically reduced the incidence of malaria. 

Spotlight on fake and substandard antimalarial drugs

Jasson Urbach | 02 Sep 2013 | Guardian's Global Development Professionals Network'

The once highly successful malaria treatments, chloroquine and sulphadoxine pyrimethamine (SP), are seldom recommended to treat malaria thanks to resistance.

Ellady Muyambi Response

Jasson Urbach | 24 Jul 2013 | Africa Fighting Malaria

Africa Fighting Malaria director, Jasson Urbach, has written a letter to the editor of The Independent - Uganda, in response to Ellady Muyambi's opinion piece "DDT use not good for Uganda" (05 Jul. 2013).

Threat to key tool in the fight against malaria

Jasson Urbach | 23 May 2013 | Business Day (South Africa)

If environmentalists get their way, one of the key weapons in the fight against malaria will be banned before any real alternative is available, with devastating effects.